Thursday, October 3, 2013

West Michigan Wesleyan Women's Movement!

Women we are on the moooooove!

 I've just returned from a WWM leadership conference with our new Director, Andrea Summer and the national team. For the first time in a long time I saw more YOUNG women attending than the older (or more mature) women. Ha! It was a wonderful thing. I remember when I was told, at every women's meeting I attended, in my much younger years, "It's so nice to have the young women here." Now, I find myself saying, "It's so nice to have the young women here!" Looking forward to see what God is going to do in West MI.

I love the new website and I know you will, too.  You will find all that you need and want to know, plus it's so user friendly! Go for it! Check out the link! And.... while you are there click on the Sewing Seeds Newsletter and subscribe, and then click on Annesley Writers Forum and blog or go directly to and subscribe or read the wonderful writings that will encourage and inspire you.

I will keep you posted. There is more to come!

P.S. October is breast cancer awareness month. If you have not had a mammogram yet or not in a year, please do so. Your family will love you for it. 

Love and blessing to you all,

Thursday, September 5, 2013



SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2013



Take time for yourself and feed your soul!

Bible study leader is Vicki Bryant.

A special time with friends and making new friends. Still time to register and make QUICK plans.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Come to the Fire Women's Conference 2013"Celebrate Your Freedom"

At Central Wesleyan Church, Holland, MI
Oct. 17-19, 2013
Register online at

Thurs. 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sat. 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Meals not included. Time is allowed to go out. A list of restaurants will be provided.
Hotels in the area are listed on the website.

This wonderful event will be held at and sponsored by the women at Central Wesleyan Church, Holland, MI.
Many wonderful speakers and workshops to sign up for when arriving on Thurs. eve at 7:00. Please come early for parking and signing in. Worship will be led by our very own, Melinda Prophet, from Central. You will be spiritually renewed and refreshed.

The West MI Wesleyan Women's Movement is teaming together to promote this time of coming together at a beautiful time of year in west Michigan. Get a group together and book your hotel soon if needed and register online soon. 

"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free... So if the Son set you free, you will be free indeed."
(John 8:32,36)

If you have an event coming up let me know and we can help promote it!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wesleyan Women's Movement

Heart of Ministries

Here we are already moving towards the end of January 2013! Trying to get used to writing the new year, 2013! Change is difficult at times, not that we don't like it, it's just that we have to do things differently than before. Starting a brand new year is a fresh new start. We have the whole new year ahead of us to look forward to and new adventures and experiences. And that's not all bad, it's actually exciting. I just have to change writing from 2012 to 2013. God has a plan! I want to follow that plan!

Wesleyan Women has gone through change, too. I'm excited as we see God unfold His plan for us. We have a new leader, Andrea Summer, and a beautiful new logo and name, Wesleyan Women's Movement.

Our Heart of Ministries is coming up in February (although you can do this beyond Feb.) This year the focus in on Human Trafficking and the battle to fight it globally continues. click on Heart Of Ministries and you have options for videos and flyers and more information. You can send donations to headquarters, to our district (write Wesleyan Women Movement in memo), or give through your local church.

Also, I want to remind you of the work that Project Liberty (stopping human trafficking) is doing also. We are located in Mid MI, Lansing area. Take a look at our website,
If you have any questions about human trafficking during this time or any time, I would be happy to come speak to your group. Together we all can make a difference.

Thank you to all of you who are doing awareness and more. Let me know what you are doing and I can post it and pass the information along.

West MI
Wesleyan Women's Movement
Saundra Lawson
The Wesleyan Women's Movement is a network of Wesleyans that connects, nurtures and empowers women to grow in faith, discover their calling, lead, and give life to the world around them.
We are coming together to inspire depth and action. More than 30,000 women around the globe are leading and resourcing the Church to nurture growth and to meet real need.
Discipleship: creatively growing in God and toward others through deep and intentional connection.
Leadership Development: innovatively mobilizing women to discover their calling and lead the Church
Social Action: boldly identifying and rallying the Church to meet real human need in the world.

Monday, October 29, 2012

by Tricia Rife | Oct. 22, 2012
A group of women representing The Wesleyan Church gathered on October 12 and 13, 2012, at the denomination’s headquarters in Fishers, Ind., to dream and discuss the future of women’s ministry.
In June 2011, a near-unanimous vote dissolved the Wesleyan Women constitution and its auxiliary department designation. While still an important ministry within the denomination, local churches and districts are more empowered to design women’s ministries that are relative to the areas where they have a presence. Now, the ministry is known as the Wesleyan Women's Movement.
That group of 19 women, both pastors and laypersons from Wesleyan churches across North America, met in a round table fashion to “celebrate a rich heritage [of ministry] and imagine a bright future for the women of The Wesleyan Church.” Rev. Andrea Summers, director of the Women's Ministry for The Wesleyan Church, described the meeting as “dynamic.”
Rev. Summers invited women both seasoned and new to discuss the future of the Wesleyan Women's Movement. Some in attendance serve as pastors in vocational ministry, others are successful businesswomen, and some are influential stay-at-home moms.
“Varied viewpoints reflect the geographic, ethnic, vocational, and generational diversity of the women our ministry will be trying to reach in the future, and their input at this ground-level stage is invaluable,” said Andrea.
Cheryl Mansell of the Greater Ohio District served with Wesleyan Women for 34 years, and described the round table as “a personal blessing as I witnessed a new chapter of the story being written.” She notes that a new and vital chapter in the women’s ministry history is being written.
“I can just imagine what God will do through the current generation of incredibly vibrant, powerfully prayerful, Christ-focused women,” said Cheryl.
Not only did the round table provide an opportunity to cast vision for the direction of the Wesleyan Women's Movement, it allowed the women to build community among themselves.
“I enjoyed getting to know [about the Wesleyan Women's Movement] almost as much as I enjoyed getting to know them individually,” said Elisabeth Wang, a lay leader at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Andrea knows the task before her is a big endeavor. But she is encouraged and jumping into the role enthusiastically.
“Everything I do is with the understanding that I am standing on the shoulders of gifted women who have led ahead of me,” she says. “The best is yet to come.”
Clear objectives and initiatives are currently being defined as the Wesleyan Women's Movement crafts its vision and mission into a strategy that enables women to grow in faith and g
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13300 Olio Road
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Monday, October 8, 2012

West Michigan Women Presented Martha Blackburn with a painting in appreciation and love for her years of service to women as General Director of Wesleyan Women.


Hello West Michigan Women,

It is unbelievebly so beautiful these days. I absolutely love our Michigan early fall days. Lately for a few weeks now I have been going to some of our west MI churches to visit on behalf of the Women's Ministy. I have enjoyed meeting you and connecting or staying connected. Some of the churches I have stopped in on a Sun. morning are: West Locke Wes, DeWitt Faith, West Berlin, Epic, Pathway, Marshall Wes, and possibly others. It's great to visit and let you know how much I/we (our team) want you to be part of this big puzzle we are putting together. I plan to be visiting most of you in the next months ahead and looking forward to it.

In the meantime we have had 3 zone meetings for women's ministries and are planning 2 more. We have met with the Jackson Zone, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Zone, and Lansing Zone (scheduling another time for those who were able to attend). We want to meet with women from your churches to talk about the future of West MI Women's Ministries. Thank you to all those that have attended. We are meeting with any of you interested at this time, then moving forward to form a Re-structuring and Vision Team of representatives from each zone.

Please stay in touch. Let me know your Bible Studies, Retreats and Events. What are suggestions you have for our district women.

I am available to come meet with any of you individually or as a group to speak to you about all we would like to do. But also I would like to speak to you about any special topic you may have or especially address the awareness of Human Trafficking.

I am looking for sponsors and donors to help with Project Liberty (Stopping Human Trafficking). Help us identify and locate victims in USA. None of our families are immune, but we can become "less of a target".